Jurgen Klopp says he is unconcerned by Liverpool’s away form ahead of a ‘tough’ game against an ‘impressive’ Crystal Palace side this weekend.
Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 win over previous leaders Tottenham on Wednesday night, moving three points clear of the north London side ahead of tomorrow’s visit to Selhurst Park.
Roberto Firmino’s late winner maintained the Reds’ perfect record in home fixtures so far this season, though their away from has been in stark contrast with just one victory in six fixtures away from Anfield.
Klopp is anticipating another difficult fixture on the road when his side meet Palace tomorrow lunchtime, praising the ability of the Eagles forward line and admitting he has been impressed by the club’s performance levels.
“I’m very impressed because of the talent of the group,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference
“Results is one thing, but for me it much more important what kind of performance level they are capable of and that’s impressive
“If you go through the strikers they have in the squad, they have Zaha and Benteke, with Ayew and Batshuayi on the bench.
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“They have made good signings. They have a very experienced last line. Mamadou Sakho is injured so they could rotate.
“They have a confident situation and I am impressed by their performance level.
“They look good, they look sharp. It will be a tough one.”
While Liverpool are unbeaten in 66 home league games, they are without a league victory away from Anfield since beating Chelsea back in September. They also struggled in the 1-1 draw at lowly Fulham last weekend, though Klopp admits he is unconcerned by the champion’s indifferent displays on the road.
“It’s not much of as concern, because we don’t feel it,” he said.
“We were slightly unlucky in one or two games. But it’s a fact, it’s the truth we didn’t win a lot away from home.
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“So we will try to change that by doing the right things, putting a shift in. Playing the best possible football is the plan. But as long as I’ve been at Liverpool, wherever we go, everyone wants to beat us.
“I said in once when we played at Newcastle when they were completely safe in the league and it was like a World Cup final. I was like ‘ wow what’s going on here?’.
“But we don’t really feeling like reigning champions, we just try to sort our problems and get through it somehow.”